Sovereign Foods partners with NPO to help feed less fortunate

2017-07-26 06:02
Cwayita Mdledle, Sovereign Foods senior human resources manager, hands Desire Gallant and her one-year-old daughter, Mikayla, a cooked meal to eat during the Mandela Day event held in partnership with We Care HIV Aids Organisation and Feeding Scheme in Bloemendal.      Photo:SUPPLIED

Cwayita Mdledle, Sovereign Foods senior human resources manager, hands Desire Gallant and her one-year-old daughter, Mikayla, a cooked meal to eat during the Mandela Day event held in partnership with We Care HIV Aids Organisation and Feeding Scheme in Bloemendal. Photo:SUPPLIED

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“I HAVE five children and am unemployed. Being here today, receiving this cooked meal, means so much to me.”

These are the words of Desire Gallant of Timothy Valley in Port Elizabeth who visited the Sovereign Foods and We Care HIV Aids Organisation and Feeding Scheme on Mandela Day.

Gallant, who visits a soup kitchen twice a week and largely depends on children’s grants, was among the hundreds of children and adults at the internationally recognised Mandela Day event in Bloemendal who were treated to a cooked meal, sponsored largely by Sovereign Foods.

“I appreciate being here today. I can’t explain how grateful I am.

“I had to walk here with my children to get this meal. I am so grateful,” Gallant said.

The main objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action and help change the world for the better. This year the Nelson Mandela campaign focused on fighting poverty under the theme #ActionAgainstPoverty.

Tanya Fredericks of Extension 21 said she was happy that children were given the opportunity to play as children on Mandela Day.

“I often see children copy gangsters with how they speak and how they play with toy guns.

“This is such a good initiative that they could play today as children should. They are also being treated to good cooked meals,” she said.

Hursele Kruger, a volunteer at the Mandela Day event, said that being unemployed is not easy and knowing that a large number of families will not only bond, but also receive a cooked meal is heartwarming.

“Communities are challenged on a daily basis with unemployment, and there is a shortage of love and attention between parents and children. Today parents and children will bond here on this sports field and the meal will help feed a hungry child,” Kruger said.

Sovereign Foods has supported We Care, a non-profit organisation (NPO), for the past three years and has contributed R35 000 to their various initiatives.

“It is important for Sovereign Foods to contribute to communities and make a difference.

“We have supported We Care for the past three years. Our corporate social investment projects allow us to contribute toward the improvement of society in some way,” said Cwayita Mdledle, Sovereign Foods senior human resources manager.

“The company’s CSI projects all fall under the Sovereign Cares initiative.

“The mission of our CSI programme is to contribute to the sustainable development of rural and previously disadvantaged communities and actively engage stakeholders in programmes that add value to the lives of those in the areas around Sovereign Foods.”

We Care feeds 800 children twice a day, provides computer training for Grade 11 and 12 learners, provides health services to the community and give home-based carer training.

“Looking after the well-being of the children is very important to us. We believe that to feed a child and look after their health status is important for us as we render a service important to sustain them,” said Apostle Donovan Arends, chairman of the We Care HIV Aids organisation. – REPORTER

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